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October 2015 (Volume 24, Number 9)

Cycling Across America … For Science!

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Two young scientists spent this summer biking across America, teaching physics along the way. Elizabeth Case and Rachel Woods-Robinson met as undergrads at UCLA, where they majored in physics. On their 3500-mile trek from San Francisco to New York, they visited 10 schools, summer camps, and libraries. Their lessons revolved around "Sol Cycles": tiny, 3D-printed, solar-powered bicycles that the two designed. "I think it's just important for us as scientists to have a duty to get as many people in the next generation interested in science," Case says. After their three-month adventure, Woods-Robinson has returned to work at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Case is studying for her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Cornell University.


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Open Access Could Mean Authors Pay to Publish
Physics in Iran After the Nuclear Agreement
CEO Robert Brown Discusses Plans for American Institute of Physics
Charges Dropped for Physicist Accused of Sharing Sensitive Technology with China
Blewett Fellowships Help Women Return to Physics
PhysTEC Book Shares Strategies for Educating Physics Teachers
Physicists Set Course for the Exascale
Cycling Across America … For Science!
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Diversity Update
Profiles In Versatility